FIRST RACE: 1. Optimism And Hope, 2. Riri, 3. Magnolias in Bloom. LONG SHOT: Brookys Star.
This gelding has been popular at the claim box and trainer Vladimir Cerin is claiming this 6-year-old back. Cerin is 25% first off the claim and 29% with jockey Santiago Gonzalez at Del Mar.
Our Eyes: Apprentice jockey David Lopez has come down from Northern California to ride and he jumps on a favorite here for trainer Steve Miyadi, who used Lopez to a 24% winning mark up north. Miyadi claimed this gelding last time out and he is 20% first time off the claim and 27% second time off a layoff.
Our Eyes: Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has no reason to stick around on a Friday afternoon for the last race of the day for a small barn unless he’s live. This mare finished second at 40-1 during the summer meet and returns here with a big work.
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Monday’s top choice winners: 2 (I’ll Play My Hand $3.80, second race; Basmati $5.40, seventh)
Monday’s second choice winners: 2 (Bayonet $4, first; Roo’s Valentine $12.60, sixth)
Monday’s third choice winners: 1 (Vocalist $8.40, fifth)
Monday’s long shot winners: 1 (Gin Riki $11.20, fourth)